Mental Health Day

Here’s a tip that ought to be a law – if you don’t have children of your own, don’t ever think or speak about how other people should raise their kids. Case in point, a few years ago a friend told me that when her son was in 5th grade, he was so stressed over school that he needed counseling. I just remember thinking how SAD that would be. And maybe a little bit about how I would never be one of THOSE parents.

Yeah, about that. Imagine my surprise this morning when my daughter began to wail about how she didn’t want to go to school and how her whole life was nothing but studying, school, tutoring, school, CRCT, Study-Island, and tutoring. Even JD, whose normally quite the cynic, came home saying perhaps we should lay off the kid for a day or two.

I don’t blame her for hating school. I HATE school. All the tests and papers and MATH. I’m firmly convinced that unless your job involves bringing a broken down rocket from the moon, you can get by in life with a 5th grade knowledge of mathematics. I haven’t multiplied fractions since my own 5th grade tests, and somehow I’ve managed to make a fairly good living creating ads that are 7.5 x 4.68 inches. The fact that I have to GOOGLE “decimal converter” on a regular basis is beside the point, that’s why God created Internet search engines.

Because I’m really NOT one of those mom’s, I picked up my daughter from school early. I made her put on her pj’s, get a bowl full of snacks, burrow under a fluffy blanket on the couch and watch TV all evening. No homework allowed!

It was a big success. So much so that I’ve instituted it as official Team Tyre policy. For me, I mean. She’s got a big test coming up and we’ve already lost a day. What?  3 out of 2 people have trouble with fractions and if I have anything to do with it, she’s not going to be one of them!

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